Alcoa Foundation Chooses Partners for its $4 Million Initiative to Research Environmental Issues Around the World

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Alcoa Foundation Launches $4 Million Environmental Research Initiative in Partnership with 15 Universities and NGOs

Research will result in solutions around land use, emissions reduction, water management and innovative design

NEW YORK, June 15, 2011—Alcoa Foundation today launched a two-year, $4 million initiative that funds 10 global sustainability research projects. The initiative, "Advancing Sustainability Research: Innovative Partnerships for Actionable Solutions," will find answers to environmental issues that impact the quality of life and well-being of communities globally.

Researchers from 15 leading universities and nongovernmental organizations will investigate issues in natural resource management, materials science and engineering, sustainable design, energy and environmental economics in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Russia and the United States.

"Alcoa strives to address environmental issues within our operations, across our industry and within our communities," said Paula Davis, president, Alcoa Foundation. "This research will be used as a tool to rally communities and thought leaders into action. Alcoa sustainability experts and volunteers will also work with our partners and communities to ensure that the research is used to inform public on corporate policy, new technologies, and methodologies that can be adapted and replicated by others. "

The research will be completed in 2012 and 2013. Milestones and results will be published online, shared with the sustainability community and discussed and used among researchers, communities and stakeholders throughout the two years.

"Our vision is that the results of the Advancing Sustainability Research initiative will lead to widespread adoption of best practices in areas such as water management, energy production and carbon emissions that are critical to conservation," said Davis.
The Alcoa Foundation Advancing Sustainability Research initiative will be managed by Alcoa Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education.

Partners in the Advancing Sustainability Research: Innovative Partnerships for Actionable Solutions are:

Australia: Sustainable Land Use
- Greening Australia, Canberra
- University of Western Australia, Perth
- University of Adelaide, Adelaide
- CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Adelaide

Brazil: Mangrove Conservation
- University of São Paulo, São Paulo

Canada: Life Cycle Assessment
- Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG), Montréal

China: Emissions Reduction
- China Center for International Economic Exchanges, Beijing
- Tsinghua University, Tsinghua

Europe: Environmental Economics
- University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain
- Economics for Energy, Vigo, Spain

Russia: Industrial Water Management
- Fund for Sustainable Development, Moscow
- Institute of Water Issues, Moscow
- Educational Center for Ecology and Safety, Samara

United States: Lightweight Vehicle Structures
-The Ohio State University – Institute for Materials Research, Columbus, Ohio

Global: New Mobility Solutions
- University of Michigan - Transportation Research Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- SMART (Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation), Ann Arbor, Michigan

About Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$436 million. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952. In 2010, Alcoa Foundation contributed nearly US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, focusing on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow's leaders through education and learning. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers, who in 2010 gave more than 720,000 service hours. Through the company's signature Month of Service (October) program, Alcoa employees share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in our communities. In 2010, a record 49 percent of Alcoans took part in nearly 1,000 Month of Service events across 24 countries, reaching 59,000 children, serving 17,000 meals, planting 16,000 trees and supporting 3,000 nonprofit organizations. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, please access Alcoa Foundation.

About Alcoa


Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap® foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa® wheels, and Baco® household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 129,000 employees in 42 countries and has been named one of the top three most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at Alcoa.

About the Institute of International Education

Founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is a private not-for-profit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. In collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors. These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. IIE also conducts policy research, provides resources on international exchange opportunities and offers support to students and scholars in danger.

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